A Lack of Identity politics…Exactly the reason the GOP can’t seem to attract minorities and immigrants…

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The GOP establishment has spent a great deal of effort over the last decade pushing for amnesty under the guise of “comprehensive immigration reform”. This is of course because they are scared of the fact that minorities are going to become a majority in the US over the next 40 years and they don’t want to be left out in the cold. They have what I call a “Fear of a Black Planet… or at least of a minority majority country…”. And according to some numbers cited recently by Phyllis Schlafly, they have good reason to fear.

Of course the establishments’ solution to the problem is to acquiesce to the demands of the left and essentially give amnesty to the 20 million people who came here illegally. Honestly though… who can blame Boehner, McConnell and their friends? It’s hard to compete with “No human is illegal” signs and heartbreaking stories of kids brought to America at the age of 5 and at 25 they have no legal status. They don’t want to be seen as “heartless” or get tagged as racists as the press is wont to label them, so they simply give in and make the same mistake Ronald Reagan did in 1986.


Frankly, the immigration debate is the GOP’s problem in a nutshell… The GOP has a communication problem – and an identity problem too. They have a hard time distilling their messages down to a bumper sticker. Every day they face a plethora of bumper sticker issues which they typically fail to properly address. Calls for an increase in the minimum wage are heralded by stickers proclaiming “A living wage is a moral value”. Each new school year is inaugurated with teachers striking in one city or another carrying signs broadcasting the false equivalency of opposition to education spending increases with a hatred of children. Then there are the Facebook shares of posters with quips like “Keep your laws off my body” or “Stop the War on Women”.

It’s often difficult to respond to these issues (and many more) because the rebuttals to these debates are typically too complex to fit on a bumper sticker or in a network sound bite. The GOP’s feckless attempts at responding to these issues often result in them being involved in a political version of a school yard skirmish where the response is “No I’m not!” rather than explaining a nuanced opposition to the particular issue at hand.

As an example, the argument against increasing the minimum wage is based on an understanding that doing so hurts far more people than it helps. This is particularly true in the case of teens and younger workers and those with little experience or skills. In order to hire an employee at a minimum wage of $10, an employee must provide an employer with work that brings at least $10 in value to the company. If they can’t the owner is not running a business but a charity. This is exactly why virtually every time the minimum wage is increased, unemployment among the young and unskilled (particularly minorities) increases. At the same time doing so always increases the potential for outsourcing and mechanization and we’re beginning to see that everywhere, even in the burger industry.

That kind of a rebuttal simply can’t be distilled down into a pithy sentence or sound bite. The result is that in the face of such a challenge, the GOP establishment more often than not simply chooses to go along to get along. The GOP is so worried about being painted as racists or as the party that hates the poor that they forget to talk about what they actually supposed to stand for. They get caught up in defending themselves against being women haters or immigrant haters that they forget to stand up for individual freedom or the rule of law.

The GOP’s problem isn’t immigrants don’t like what they are saying… which is true, the GOP’s problem is that they are saying the wrong things.  And this is where the identity problem comes in.  With “Compassionate Conservatism” and “comprehensive immigration reform” the GOP is simply remaking itself into the Democrat Lite party. It’s no wonder that immigrants and minorities choose not to support them. Who wants generic crackers or cola when they can have Ritz or Coke instead?

As Schlafly points out, immigrants and minorities don’t support the GOP on a range of issues from small government to gun rights and others in between. But it’s not because there’s something wrong in their DNA. It’s because there’s something wrong with the GOP. On a wide range of issues from immigration to education to government spending, the GOP has simply lost their identity and have become a party that stands for nothing extraordinary and has no message. In the last two presidential elections Americans actually chose a socialist over the milquetoast offerings of the GOP. On the biggest stage in the world in a bitter fight for the most powerful position on the planet the GOP was unable to convince 50% of Americans not to vote for the socialist! It’s not because the minorities and immigrants voted for the socialist… which they did. It’s because the GOP failed to give Americans of all stripes a reason to vote for them. When your bumper sticker could essentially say “Not quite as socialist as the other guy” it should come as no surprise that people don’t rally to your cause.

The lesson for the GOP is not how to play a better game of bumper sticker politics, but rather to begin articulating fundamental ideas that will inspire people to join their crusade. Ronald Reagan promised to eliminate the Departments of Energy and Education. Unfortunately he failed to do so, but everyone knew where he stood on big government. Contrast that with the GOP of 2014, which has just signed off on a $1 trillion farm bill that sends 80% of the dollars to food stamps, subsidizes Big Agriculture and taxes such things as home heating oil and Christmas trees. Does that make you think of a party wedded to the idea of limited government, market economics and low taxes? Probably not. And the GOP is confused why they can’t attract minorities and immigrants? Maybe they need to stop worrying about the demographic makeup of the voters and start looking in the mirror for their identity.

The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

18 Responses to “A Lack of Identity politics…Exactly the reason the GOP can’t seem to attract minorities and immigrants…”

  1. 1

    FAITH7

    Then they should change the conversation…to “ALL INCLUSIVE” AS ‘AMERICANS’….we are not “Groups” we are suppose to be UNITED…as in UNITED STATES….a ‘melting pot’

    Not “GROUP” States…

    The liberals/progressives/democrats knowingly ‘CREATED’ these low information, no information and many under-educated, indoctrinated and yes ignorant Groups and Minorities….(and used in today’s climate for VOTES and POWER)

    …they have found a selfish ‘use’ for the ‘science’ of psychology to their advantage…(keep repeating the LIES as TRUTH)
    …AND the democrats -liberals – progressives found this to be a good thing …. what better ‘subjects’ to become ‘subjects’ like Pavlov’s dogs….like sheep to the slaughter… but the ill-informed and under-educated… (sorry but, I cannot believe those who are knowingly illegal in this country, and keep coming into this country illegally, by virtue of doing this are of any ethical or moral mindset or even ‘productive’ to our society – who really knows who these people are? – Boston Bomber and family come to mind? Terrorist Sleepers? let’s not be so naive…)

    Another tactic for liberals/progressives/democrats to use on the brain dead…. is-> to Vilify those who “actually do speak truth” ….Who are those?? They are the Conservatives…we can see right through this…and like a cornered animal the left will attack them with LIES….or to attack them ‘personally’ ….to distract and change the conversation…all psychological….

    We have seen this work through a recent video (and many video’s) with the question “is the Tea Party Racist” and can you give us an example as to how they are racist? – Well, well, well, we all witnessed the “lies as truth” ….not one -NOT ONE could answer the question….hmmm and when the blond woman did answer, part of her answer was that they were ‘racist’ against ‘women’ …..USEFUL -liberal/progressive-IDIOT immediately comes to mind doesn’t it?

  2. 3

    faITH7

    Identity Politics?
    Check out the following questions on an unemployment form in a blue state…Identity politics are pretty hard to avoid….and yes there certainly needs to be a different message….

    More to my point – why is it necessary when filling out a form (online) for unemployment benefits to ask the following:
    1. If called into office for further inquiries do you need a interpreter?
    2. What Language? (select from drop down box)
    3. What is your race? (Choices are): Latino or other or I choose not to answer.
    4. What is your ethnicity? Latino or other or I choose not to answer.

    Who in our government see the need to ask these questions…and why?

    What is also frustrating is:
    This is AMERICA the language is ENGLISH. Yet, our politicians continue to pander…

  3. 5

    jimmyjack

    It’s astounding how easily a Progressive can be manipulated. They see a shirt that says, “No Human Being Is Illegal,” and they can be set into motion like little windup toys. Not one iota of thought is required beyond the initial reaction.

    Nobody’s saying it’s illegal to be born somewhere. We’re saying you shouldn’t be in somebody else’s home without permission. That’s illegal.

    Progressives are so easy, it should be illegal for them to vote. But sadly, the little cretins do.

  4. 6

    Ditto

    Frankly, the immigration debate is the GOP’s problem in a nutshell

    I disagree. The GOP’s problem in a nutshell is that the leadership doesn’t listen to any of their base voters, moderates, conservatives, none of them. They are too busy listening to paid consultants, the US Chamber of Commerce, the MSM, lobbyists, and the Democrats. They ignore completely the people who voted them into office. They have their heads firmly inserted into the rectal cavity that is Washington DC.

  5. 7

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Ditto
    he won’t negociate, so what’s the use to try to debate with him,
    that’s why the other don’t try anymore, and he has the arrogance to blame them,
    for his failures, he prefer to talk to those who give him money, anyone with money get his attention,
    the REPUBLICANS CONSERVATIVES TEA-PARTY, had tried from the start, and they got to realize he has no desire to exchange,
    as a matter of fact, he is afraid of being in an exchange, because he know , they can outsmart him, and see his limitation, that is a pen and a phone, he said it himself,
    he is afraid to take an advice from smarter than him,
    the REPUBLICANS CONSERVATIVES TEA-PARTY, can outsmart him, and are bright enough to see his next move coming ,and they see the consequences right there ,but he is blind to consequences he doesn’t care
    of what his decisions will bring of negatives on the people not him he is clear all the time,
    and he clear the UNIONS AND UNIONIZE also from it, and his own crowd,
    he has discarded all who are not with him,

  6. 8

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Ditto
    I thought the planes used to extenguish fires, would do perfectly to help the drought,
    why did I forget to think of them, they can fly low altitude and spray well, no matter how many times they refulled,
    it take what ever time they need and what ever the amount of refulling,
    yes?
    bye

  7. 10

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Ditto
    YES, BUT TIME IS OF THE ESCENCE HIGH IMPORTANCE NOW IS THE NEED,
    THEY PAY FOR EVERYTHING ELSE LET THE PEOPLE LIVING AROUND THERE,
    LOADED WITH MONEY, LET THEM PAY,BECAUSE THEY ARE PART OF THE FARMER’S
    PROBLEMS, THEY MUST PAY WHAT EVER TO HELP,NOW,
    YOU ARE RIGHT FOR A PROBLEM THAT IS NOT URGENT,
    BYE

  8. 11

    Ditto

    @ilovebeeswarzone:

    You forget who you’re talking about. California is ruled by Democrats and they are a big reason why the farms and ranches don’t have water. The majority voted to cut off the supply to save the fishes (a fish that is also found elsewhere and could be reintroduced later). That selfish majority is not going to turn around and pitch in their money to help the rural folks in the Republican counties.

  9. 12

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Ditto
    we will have to vote those DEMOCRATS DOWN, because of their lack of caring for the farmers,
    the REPUBLICANS would never hesitate to do what is nessessary to help the farmers of CALIFORNIA,
    THIS TIME IS COMMING TO THINK HARD FOR THE CALIFORNIANS TO SEE WHO IS ON THEIR SIDE,
    FOR ANY NEED WHICH COULD OCCUR, AND IN NEED TO BE DELT WITH AS A NOW URGENCY,
    BYE

  10. 13

    Ditto

    @ilovebeeswarzone:

    Some Californians are so fed up with the major cities strangle-hold over state politics, pushing for California to be broken up into separate states. That would mean a break on that power block. Although on a Federal level, it would also create more Senators while House Reps would be roughly the same, and reduce California’s influence on the Presidential elections.

    “Separate state” movements are also growing in other states including Colorado where they are getting fed up with the recent influx of far-left Democrats, who shove their agenda down everyone else’ throats.

  11. 14

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Ditto
    HI,
    they would not be bother by the REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVES IN POWER,
    and from what we see, they would breath better being their own not dragging the obama regulation book with them even in bed, they alone have the choice to swich from THE DEMOCRATS constraints, all the way TO FREEDOM WITH THIS PARTY for freedom of be yourself, and create your own life,
    and work business is youres not half to the OBAMA WATCH,
    bye

  12. 15

    jimmyjack

    A Progressive minion adores his leader. He can be told to carry his own crap around when he’s in the woods, and he will do it. He can be told the best way to attract attention is to defecate in a park, and he will do it. He can be lied to day in and day out by his beloved leader and still find a way to defend him.

    This is why it’s so easy to clog the cities with them. Like cattle in a field they hear the bell of the lead cow and they instinctively move toward the sound. And like cattle in a field, they follow the truck at feeding time when the checks come around. They are voluntarily corralled, and as any cattle rancher will tell you, cows are easier to control when they are penned up versus out on the open range.

    Is it any wonder they can be stampeded at a moment’s notice for just about any reason at all?

  13. 16

    ilovebeeswarzone

    jimmyjack
    YES VERY SAD THEY TRY TO ERASE THE IDENTITY OF A GREAT NATION, WITH ALL KINDS OF SIGNS WE PERCIEVE EVEN HIDDEN, THIS SAME AMERICA WHO HELP SO MANY BECOME FREE,
    WHO GAVE SO MUCH TO THE WORLD,
    THEY AIM AT BLENDING AMERICA IN THE UNION ORG.
    NO MATTER HOW THEY DENY IT, THEIR SOCIALIST DIRECTION IS NOT HEALTHY FOR AMERICA,
    THE GREATEST NATION WHICH ALL AMERICAN SHOULD BE PROUD OF, HER ONLY EXCEPTIONALISTIC PLACE IN THE WORLD YET UNMATCH,
    BYE

  14. 17

    jimmyjack

    @ilovebeeswarzone:

    And they honestly believe they’ve found a better way of socialism. They say they want change, but their idea of government is the oldest there is. They have no clue what it is they want to change anyway. To tell you the truth, it is no longer my mission to change any Progressive minds. It is my mission to hunt them down and ridicule them with their stupidity until they feel so useless they no longer feel the urge to vote.

  15. 18

    ilovebeeswarzone

    jimmyjack
    that must be the right way, to teach them reality,meaning
    say not what the leader TELL YOU TO SAY, but what you dare think and have been forbided to say,
    for fear of punishment,
    there came one man who own a few hotels here and abroad,
    he knew a member of the DEMOCRAT PARTY ELECTED,
    HE CALLED HER TO EXPRESS HIS ANGER AT A NEW LAW,HURTING HIS BUSINESS,
    she told him not to call her and that she cannot talk to him because she will be punish by PELOSIE,
    THAT’S WHAT HE WROTE IN A COMMENT HERE,
    SO IT TELL US THEY ARE WORKED BY STRINGENT RULES IN THERE, AND SILENCE IS THE CALL OF THE DAY, IT MUST BE LONELY JOB IN GOVERNMENT,TO BE REDUCE TO CONCEAL EVERY THING THEY SEE AND HEAR WHILE THEY TAKE THE PEOPLE’S MONEY,
    THAT IS CHEATING THE PEOPLE TO NOT TELL THE THING WHICH IS NOT IN THE INTEREST OF THE CITIZENS, BUT ONLY IN THE OWN INTEREST OF THEIR LEADER,
    THEY ALL ACCUMULATE BIG MONEY IN THEIR JOBS,
    AND TAKE THEIR EARNING FROM LESS WEALTHY WHO WORK HARD OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT SO TO PAY THEM,
    SEE THE DIFFERENCE WITH THE CONSERVATIVES OPEN BOOK
    AND NOT AFRAID TO TELL THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL MIND
    ON ISSUE THEY FIND UNFAIR FOR THE PEOPLE,

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